by Isi Esene
The mission head of the Cameroonian contingent to the London Olympic Games has confirmed the disappearance of seven members of the country’s delegation.
According to ChannelsTV, the missing team members include five boxers, one swimmer, and a soccer player.
The mission head, Mr. David Ojong confirmed this incident on Monday in a letter he sent to the Cameroonian Sports Ministry which reads: “What began as rumour has finally turned out to be true. Seven Cameroonian athletes who participated at the 2012 London Olympic Games have disappeared from the Olympic Village.”
Ojong said the women’s reserve goalkeeper, Drusille Ngako, was the first athlete to speak with her feet. She was said to have vanished into thin air, while her team-mates left the Olympic village for Coventry for their last preparatory encounter against New Zealand.
Ngako’s action however served as a negative incentive for other athletes as another member of the team, Paul Ekane Edingue, a swimmer, also skipped with his belongings.
Since the Edingue episode, five boxers eliminated from the games, Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, have also disappeared from the Olympic village.
While answering questions on the disappearing acts performed by members of the Cameroonian Olympic contingent, the IOC spokesman, Mark Adams, denied knowledge of it.
At past Francophone and Commonwealth games as well as junior soccer competitions, several Cameroonians have deserted their delegation without official consent.